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Accident cut water to TIA's Airside C

By TIMES STAFF
Published May 12, 2007


TAMPA

A construction crew working to widen the parkway at Tampa International Airport on Friday accidentally broke a water main, cutting off water to Airside C, home to the airport's largest carrier, Southwest Airlines.

Crews repaired the pipe and were flushing the system to get the water running again, but water in the satellite terminal will not be drinkable for at least another 48 hours, said Christine Osborn, a TIA spokeswoman.

Restaurants in Airside C, including Chili's To Go, Tampa Bay Home Team Sports Bar & Grill, Quiznos Subs and Starbucks, will have to boil water.

The maintenance department is bringing water in so that passengers can flush toilets, and airport staff members are advising passengers to use the facilities before they leave the main terminal for Airside C, Osborn said.

Airside C is the last of TIA's satellite terminals to be renovated at a cost of $134.8-million in 2005.

With 16 gates comprising about 314, 000 square feet, it is TIA's largest airside.

Osborn could not say how many passengers were affected.

"It's not our busiest time at least, which is early in the morning, " she said. "It kind of comes at a fortunate time if there is one."

LARGO

City moves forward on Largo Towne Center

The Largo City Commission has given tentative approval for an ambitious multi-use, high-density development for the 40-acre parcel where Crossroads Mall once stood.

Presented to Largo commissioners Tuesday night, the $145-million plan for the Largo Towne Center includes apartments above shops, a five-story parking garage, several large retailers and an amphitheater at its core. It will sit at the prominent corner of Roosevelt Boulevard and U.S. 19 N.

John Sabow, director of development for Boulder Venture South LCC, said the project could open in summer 2009.

The plan calls for 64, 000 square feet of retail, 21, 000 square feet of office space, and 255 residential units.

Sabow said that he is in talks with major national retailers.

OLDSMAR

Brooker Creek group disavows Latvala

Pinellas County Commissioner Susan Latvala is on the board of the Friends of the Brooker Creek Preserve, but this week other board members took the position that she is no friend of the preserve.

In a vote Thursday night, the group's board members said they no longer wanted Latvala to have anything to do with the group.

The board could not remove Latvala entirely from the board because not enough board members were present.

"I'm very disappointed that they took this position, " Latvala said on Friday.

"But I can't let that distract me from my responsibility as a commissioner and the challenges Pinellas County is facing, trying to strike an appropriate balance between protecting the environment and meeting the needs of our community."